As a practicing Christian, I like to read Christian literature to help with the growth of my faith and I am very lucky that my church has it’s own book club to help me with this. After finishing and discussing Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung at the end of last year, the club’s first book of 2018 was the award winning, international bestseller Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus by Nabeel Qureshi.
In this engaging and though-provoking book, Qureshi candidly describes his dramatic journey from Islam to Christianity. Personally, I didn’t know a great deal about Islam so it was fascinating to find out more. It was truly touching how Qureshi offers such an intimate window into his loving childhood and close-knit family, who instilled in him a passion for Islam. At first a strong advocate for his Islamic faith, it was both inspiring and utterly heart-breaking to see the inner turmoil that ensues when Qureshi is unable to deny Jesus anymore but does not want to deny or hurt his family either.
As well as being a spiritually uplifting read this was an education for me. Firstly, I learnt that there are more strands of Islam than simply Shia and Sunni, as Qureshi’s family are part of the small, persecuted Ahmadiyya sect. Secondly, rather than reading the Quran from cover to cover, as a Christian might the Bible, I learnt that Muslims are taught to memorise sections that are considered sacred and important. Being from a loving, peaceful family these were the sections Qureshi learnt, however on further investigation he was horrified to discover many violent sections too; which could be used to incite hatred and war.
My copy also boasted bonus content. This included ten extra contributions from scholars and experts, one to be read at the end of each section, which I found really insightful and helpful. There is also a new epilogue that covers the first ten years of Qureshi’s life as a Christian, including: his ministry, marriage, the birth of his daughter and thankfully, reconciliation with his family. Sadly just before reading this I heard Qureshi died last September from stomach cancer. He was just 34 years old. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. We can only be thankful that he was able to share his beautiful story before he became ill.
In conclusion, I found Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus to be an eye-opening look at Islam and an inspiring tale of finding true peace in Jesus. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to attend my book club meeting this month to discuss this book as I was unwell. However I have my copy of The Case for Grace by Lee Strobel, who coincidentally provided the foreword for Qureshi’s book, lined up to read for our next meeting in March. Great read.
Have you read this? Have you read any other books about conversion?